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How important was the invention of the lithium-ion battery?

Is the lithium-ion battery the most important invention of the past 50 years?
It is definitely important. And the inventors just won a Nobel Prize. Powers all kinds of stuff. But no, I'm gonna go with the Internet as the most important invention of the last 50 years.


Was PG&E shutting off power to 600,000 Californian customers the right call?
Hard to say. They do have a pretty solid argument that you have to shut off powers at this time of the year, with these kinds of winds coming, to prevent forest fires. On the other hand, surely there's a better way to get the same benefit in forest fire reduction than taking away all the electricity? It's a big problem.

What can we expect with the just announced PlayStation 5?
It's coming next holiday season. It's going to start much faster. The hard drives a lot better. The thing I'm most excited about, the haptics in the controller. When you play video games, there's usually some soft rumbling that can help you understand feedback. There's gonna be a lot of much cooler stuff in the PS5.

Empathy and listening are key to establishing harmonious relationships, as demonstrated by Callista Azogu, GM of Human Resources & Organization for Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), an Eni subsidiary in Abuja. "To build trust is very difficult. To destroy it is very easy," says Callista, whose busy days involve everything from personnel issues to union relationships. She sees great potential for her native Nigeria not only because of the country's natural resources, but because of its vibrant and creative people.

Learn more about Callista in this episode of Faces of Eni.

For the world's wealthiest nations, including the United States, the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine has been rocky, to say the least. And as a result, much of the developing world will have to wait even longer for their turn. Part of the challenge, World Bank President David Malpass says, is that "advanced economies have reserved a lot of the vaccine doses." Malpass sat down with Ian Bremmer recently to talk about what his organization is doing to try to keep millions around the world from slipping deeper into poverty during the pandemic. Their conversation was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Saturday will mark the beginning of an historic turning point for European politics as 1,001 voting members of Germany's Christian Democratic Union, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, hold an online conference to elect a new leader.

Here are the basic facts:

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For the first time in twenty years, extreme poverty around the world is growing. How does the developing world recover from a pandemic that has brought even the richest nations to their knees? David Malpass, the President of the World Bank, is tasked with answering that question. He joins Ian Bremmer on GZERO World to talk about how his organization is trying to keep the developing world from slipping further into poverty in the wake of a once-in-a-century pandemic.

Joe Biden wants to move into the White House, but the coast isn't clear. He may need some bleach.

Watch more PUPPET REGIME here.

The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.

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